Archives for the month of: December, 2010

I’ll admit it. I’m tired of shoveling snow. We had close to three feet at the site, and during my “vacation” last week I spent many an hour removing wet, heavy, cement-like snow from the foundation and site. All is well though, and it was helpful at some level, especially as we move toward raising the walls Monday.

We spent some time Saturday morning with Mikel and Stefan as they continue their board form work. It’s incredibly time consuming, but we’re pretty thrilled with how things look. Matt stopped by and seemed equally enthusiastic.

While shoveling Friday I was surprised to see a giant semi/crane backing down the driveway. Turns out it was our septic tank being delivered. A good test-run anyway, since we’ll have other semis delivering SIP panels on Monday, and the septic truck made it down our steep (and snowy) driveway without a problem.

Anyway, pretty cool to check out the super-macho crane truck, although it’s crazy to me that the workers stood BELOW the septic tank as it’s being lowered. The thing is a giant concrete poo bunker, and must weigh many thousands of pounds. Yikes.

After a good 10 days of gray skies, yesterday was finally sunny. And even though they have nothing to do with our construction process, I couldn’t help but take a couple of pics at sunset. Such a beautiful, wintery evening.




In case you haven’t picked up on this yet, the weather in Spokane has been absolutely awful for construction. We closed out last month as the snowiest November on record. Officially a bit more than 25 inches and we have more than this up at the site.

Our original plan was to finish the retaining walls, run the plumbing, radiant heat and electricity underground, pour the slab, and THEN put up the walls and roof. This plan has now changed.

The plumbing is now ready to go, but more snow in the forecast has Carrie (and us) nervous, so we’re installing the SIPS walls ahead of pouring the slab. So Monday, up they go! Once the walls are up and the final retaining walls are poured, we can put up the roof and be dried in from the snow within a couple of days. Given the winter we’re having, this is a good thing.

Hat’s off to the plumbers who braved some pretty atrocious weather to get their job done. Talking with Rick today, he let it slip that what should have taken a day and a half took four full days. I guess working in 20 degree weather will do that.

Mikel and his crew are back at it too, building more concrete forms.

I posted a picture below, but check out my neighbor, Doug, making short work of snowblowing our driveway. He has a very cool machine that has different attachments for plowing, snowblowing and excavating. Nice.